1. I.MSc in Clinical and Diagnostic Virology

  2. II.MSc Research Programme

  3. III.Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Programme

  4. IV.National Training Facility

  1. I.MSc in Clinical and Diagnostic Virology

A customised postgraduate MSc course was developed in UCD designed to provide both didactic and practical training in clinical and diagnostic virology. To date, nine Vietnamese students have completed the year long course and have returned to IVVI where they are employed to deliver the diagnostic service (see studies) and to develop research projects in the field.

The course was co-ordinated by Dr. Jeff Connell of UCD-NVRL and covered areas such as fundamental virology, clinical and diagnostic virology, antiviral therapy and molecular epidemiology. Practical training is delivered at UCD NVRL and focuses on laboratory organisation, logistics, serological and molecular investigations, in house assay development and outbreak analysis. Each student also carried out an independent research project. Details are outlined below.

  1. 1.NGUYEN Thanh BINH

    2007 – 2008

    Analysis of Genotypes of HBV Circulating in Hanoi.

  1. 2. NGUYEN Thi Thu TRANG

    2007 – 2008

    Mutation Analysis of the Precore and Basal Core Promoter Regions

    of the HBV Genome in Vietnamese Individuals.

  1. 3.NGUYEN Thuy LINH

    2008 – 2009

    Validation of modified commercial assays for serological testing of

    blood borne viruses in oral fluid.

  1. 4.TRINH Quynh MAI

    2008 – 2009

    Comparison of dried blood spot and plasma in molecular and

    serological analysis of BBV.

  1. 5.TA Thi Thu HONG

    2009 – 2010

    Prevalence of HIV-1 Antiretroviral Drug Resistance Mutations in


  1. 6.TRAN Hong TRAM

    2009 – 2010

    Molecular Epidemiology of HBV/HIV co-infections in Vietnam.

  1. 7.DO Thi Diem TRINH*

    2010 – 2011

    Analysis of Genetic Variation in CCR5 in Vietnam from High Risk

    Exposed HIV-1 Seronegative Individuals.

  1. 8.LUU Phuong QUYNH*

    2010 – 2011

    Co-Receptor Tropism of Vietnamese HIV-1 Strains, as Determined

    by V3 loop Sequencing, and Prevalence of Integrase Inhibitor

    Resistance Mutations.

  1. 9.NGUYEN Thu HA*

    2010 – 2011

    Molecular Epidemiology of Human Coronaviruses in Ireland.

  1. II.MSc in Virology by Research

Ann Marie McCartin*

2011 - 2012

Molecular epidemiological and serological evaluation of Dengue Virus in Northern Vietnam.

Studies completed September 2012.

Naomi Hall*

2011 - 2012

Molecular identification and characterisation of Chikungunya viruses in Vietnam.

Studies completed September 2012.

Conor Boyd*

CCR5 mutations in Vietnam and their influence on HIV-1 infection

  1. III.Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Research Programme

A Ph.D. and Postdoctoral programme has also been established between NIHE and UCD. The first Ph.D. students have been enrolled and are performing detailed analysis of blood borne viruses identified in the IVVI project. Two postdoctoral fellows are now also involved in IVVI related research projects.

Linda Dunford - PhD Student; studies completed in June 2012

2008 - 2012*

Molecular Epidemiology of Blood-Borne Viruses in Vietnam: A Multicentre Study of HIV-1, HBV and HCV.

Nguyen Van Dung - PhD Student

2011 - present

Efficacy of Entecavir and Tenofovir treatment for chronic Hepatitis B

patients at Bach Mai Hospital, Vietnam.

Nguyen Thuy Linh - PhD Student

2012 - present

Genetic polymorphisms associated with Hepatitis C virus infection in


* GVN Scholars

  1. IV.National Training Facility

It is intended that IVVI will offer training programmes for scientists and physicians throughout Vietnam in the areas of clinical and diagnostic virology. A particular emphasis will be placed on molecular techniques for characterisation of viruses and on development and validation of robust, cost effective, sustainable laboratory protocols.


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